At the start of 2016, China's slowdown and weaknesses in emerging markets continued to weigh on the global economy. This page keeps an eye on data that provides an insight into the state of the global economy.
The unemployment rate was 4.9% (7.8 million people).
While the figure for the first month of 2016 was solid, it did mark a slowdown in jobs growth compared to the final two months of 2015.
Ahead of a monetary policy meeting in March, the Federal Reserve will have been watching this jobs report and last month's GDP report closely.
Speaking at the White House, President Obama said the data showed the American economy was the 'strongest, most durable' in the world. *
Useful Resource: BLS jobs report
The EC cited downside risks such as the slowdown in China and other emerging markets, while also warning that a 'more widespread' suspension of the Schengen principles, which allow free movement of people within the EU, would have a 'disruptive' impact on economic growth.
Useful Resource: EC report
The unemployment rate in the whole European Union was 9%, the lowest rate since June 2009.
There are 21.944 million unemployed people in the EU.
Activity in Chinese factories, as measured by the official manufacturing purchasing managers index, declined once again in January.
The manufacturing PMI has been below 50, which indicates contraction, since July.
The January figure came in at 49.4, down from 49.7 in December. *
The non-manufacturing PMI, which measures activity in the services sector, fell 0.9 points from December to 53.4.
Market reaction: The Shanghai Composite fell 1.78%.